CFP For Second Issue

Puncta is an open-access, peer-reviewed philosophical journal established with the specific intention of redirecting phenomenological intentionality. It is our belief­ that phenomenology is not a mere descriptive practice, but an enactment of critique, that is, an ongoing process of revealing and interrogating the concrete conditions, institutions, and assumptions that structure lived experience, phenomenological inquiry, and thinking.

We invite submissions that directly apply phenomenology to critique socio-political phenomena, that reflect on the methods of critical phenomenology or what it means for phenomenology to critique, or that engage with the philosophical tradition of phenomenology more broadly, either through its silences or its canonical figures. We hope to facilitate an ongoing critical turn in phenomenology and to cultivate a space in which phenomenological analysis responds to and confronts bigotry, misogyny, racism, xenophobia, refugee crises, the growing need for prison reform, racialized police violence, climate change, and similar structural conditions of the experience of so many.

In addition to phenomenological descriptions and critiques of the above subjects, we welcome articles on topics that may include but are not limited to: 

  • What is critical phenomenology, and what can the role of critical phenomenology or critical phenomenologies be in our times?
  • How might critical phenomenology help us think through political events, and how does such an analysis invite us to reflect upon the phenomenological method?
  • How can phenomenology facilitate the resistance of authoritarianism?
  • Can critical phenomenology help us navigate the relationship between philosophy as an academic discipline & its practical implications, and between theory & praxis? If so, how?
  • What is the role of phenomenology in a so-called “post-truth” or “post-fact” world?
  • What is the significance of phenomenology for, e.g., socio-political philosophy or theory, queer theory, ethics, decolonialism, disability studies, critical race theory, and feminism?

Submissions should be no longer than 8000 words, inclusive of notes and works cited, and prepared for anonymous review. Submissions should be accompanied by an abstract between 150 and 200 words. Submissions should be submitted at by following the outlined submission process. Submitted papers must be in accordance with the basic principles of Puncta and follow the author guidelines, to be found on the website. All contributions will be peer-reviewed by anonymous referees. All questions and inquiries regarding submissions should directed to General questions about the journal should be directed to Please note that any submission received before the submission deadline will not be reviewed until after the deadline.

Deadline for Submissions: October 15, 2018